Politics

Oregon economists expect a ‘mild’ recession beginning in 2023

BY: - November 16, 2022

After months of record revenue growth, Oregon economists now expect the state to enter a “mild” recession next summer. State economists told a legislative panel on Wednesday that economic forecasters in Oregon and around the country anticipate a recession within the next year because inflation remains higher than the Federal Reserve wants it to be, […]

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Oregon’s gun safety initiative will challenge the state’s Democratic leadership

BY: - November 16, 2022

It will now be up to the Democratic leadership in Salem to determine the fate of Oregon’s gun safety initiative, Measure 114 – a measure that was strongly supported by voters in Democratic precincts and just as strongly rejected by voters in the rest of the state. Measure 114 was never a major issue for […]

Trump announces a third bid for the presidency, even as GOP reels from midterm setback

BY: - November 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump, whose lies about his reelection loss in 2020 precipitated an insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Tuesday he will make another run for the White House in 2024. His announcement came only a week after a disappointing showing by Republicans — especially those who endorsed his false claims about 2020 […]

State Rep. Andrea Salinas, a Democrat, wins in Oregon’s 6th Congressional District

BY: - November 14, 2022

Democratic state Rep. Andrea Salinas has won the race for Oregon’s 6th Congressional District, one of the last remaining uncalled House districts that could determine which party controls Congress. With Salinas edging out Republican supply-chain executive Mike Erickson by about 6,000 votes, the Associated Press called the race for her Monday night. Along with Republican […]

Lori Chavez-DeRemer wins Oregon’s 5th Congressional District seat

BY: and - November 13, 2022

Lori Chavez-DeRemer has won Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, becoming the state’s second Republican in Congress and its first Latina. On Sunday, the Associated Press announced that the former mayor of Happy Valley had won the race against Democrat Jamie-McLeod-Skinner, an attorney and regional emergency manager from central Oregon. The call followed a Saturday night drop […]

Oregon Gov. Brown traveling to Vietnam for trade mission

BY: - November 11, 2022

Gov. Kate Brown is traveling to Vietnam for another trade mission, just weeks before she leaves office.  Brown left Friday and will return Nov. 18. During her time in Vietnam, she plans to promote Oregon products.  “From semiconductors to the apparel industry to wheat and produce, Vietnam is a critical trading partner for Oregon,” Brown […]

Democrat Tina Kotek is Oregon’s next governor

BY: - November 10, 2022

Democrat Tina Kotek, the former speaker of the Oregon House, has fended off Republican Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson and will be Oregon’s next governor. The Associated Press called the race in Kotek’s favor Thursday evening, after several counties reported of tens of thousands of outstanding ballots. Kotek’s lead over Drazan has continued […]

Democrat Val Hoyle wins in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

BY: - November 10, 2022

The 4th Congressional District in southwestern Oregon will remain in Democratic hands. The Associated Press on Thursday evening called the race for Val Hoyle, a Democrat and the state labor commissioner. An unknown number of ballots remain to be counted, as Oregon law requires the counting of postmarked ballots that arrive within a week of […]

Democrat Tina Kotek declares victory, pledges to work on homelessness as Oregon governor

BY: - November 10, 2022

UPDATE: The AP called the race for Kotek shortly after 6 p.m. An article about that development is here.  PORTLAND — A beaming Tina Kotek, hand-in-hand with her wife, skipped down a set of concrete steps lined with supporters at Portland’s waterfront Thursday morning to claim victory in the race for Oregon governor.  The Associated […]

Biden says midterm elections turned out to be ‘a good day’ for democracy

BY: - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that even though midterm election results have yet to determine which party will control Congress, Democrats had a strong night defending their majority in both chambers. Control of both the U.S. Senate and House remained unclear Wednesday as more than 50 House seats have not been called and […]

Stephenson claims victory as Oregon’s labor commissioner

BY: - November 9, 2022

Employment attorney Christina Stephenson held a more than 20-point lead over her competitor in the race to lead the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, leading her campaign to declare victory Tuesday night.  Though final results could be days away, by Wednesday morning, polls continued to show Stephenson, who had a huge fundraising advantage, leading […]

Several high-profile Oregon races remain too close to call Wednesday

BY: - November 9, 2022

This article was updated at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday following evening ballot drops. Several high-profile Oregon races remained too close to call on Wednesday, but it appeared clear Democrats will maintain their legislative majorities.  As of Wednesday evening, the Associated Press had not called the race for governor or the state’s three competitive congressional districts. The […]